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Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith, a native Iowan re-located to the wilderness of border country at the end of the century, has been writing of happenings in the upper Gunflint territory for going on eight years, first with the local paper, and since December 2008 for WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Fred feels life in the woods is extraordinary, and finds reporting on it to both a reading and listening audience a pleasurable challenge. Since retirement as a high school athletic administrator from Ankeny High School, Ankeny Iowa in 1999, the pace of Fred’s life has become less hectic but nevertheless, remains busy in new ways with many volunteer activities along the Trail.

In 2021 Fred relocated back to his native land, Iowa.

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February 21, 2022
Wildersmith – Winter Reflections – 2022

Winter in my Iowa location is a far cry from the memories of those in Gunflint Territory. Those “good old days” in the winter woods along the Mile O Pine are not forgotten, and what Iowa calls winter, makes me laugh now, as it did for my first fifty-seven years until the move north in 1999.


October 15, 2021
Wildersmith – Autumn Reflections – 2021

Whereas I have relocated nearly six hundred miles south of Gunflint territory, my heart remains in the magnificent northern paradise. A day doesn’t go by where some memory of time in the Gunflint woods doesn’t cross my mind. “You can take the man out of the woods, but not the woods out of the man, and his wife.”